Is Palace & Stoke’s Battle Over Saido Berahino About To Come To An End?

0 Posted by - July 25, 2016 - News

Crystal Palace’s pursuit of West Brom striker Saido Berahino could be about to come to an end, after news surfaced this morning of a fresh offer for his services from Stoke City.

This piece gives the details of the latest bid to be lodged for Saido Berahino, which could well bring the saga to a close.

Whilst Alan Pardew’s obvious first choice has always been Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, the various hurdles put in our way by both the Reds and the Belgian’s own personal representation have seemingly caused our interest in him to cool over the last week or so.

Understandably, given the pressing need to secure a new striker ahead the resumption of Premier League football in mid-August, a move for Berahino was then placed instead, but it seems as though we’ve found a similar level of resistance from The Hawthorns when attempting to push through a deal.

Having gone over the top of the Potters’ initial bid when offering £17 million + a rumoured £3 million in add-ons last Friday, this morning’s papers are claiming that Mark Hughes and co. have returned with an even more lucrative offer in the hope of finally persuading the notoriously difficult West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace to play ball over an official sale. 

Although we are yet to hear anything from Berahino himself after a high-profile outburst which landed him in hot water last season, there are suggestions in the press that The Bet365 Stadium is his preferred destination ahead of the new campaign, regardless of the fact that Palace are believed to have put forward a more lucrative weekly wage packet than Stoke during informal discussions with his agent over a possible contract. 

As always, the summer brings with it all manner of transfer whispers and intrigue, but the above article could signal the end of the uncertainly surrounding Berahino’s immediate future at least. 

Where we go from here is anyone’s guess. 

 

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1 Comment

  • Jose Fonte Baby! Jose Fonte, Oh, Oh, Oh July 25, 2016 - 11:33 am Reply

    Batchushai opted to try and get CL football at Chelsea – fair enough

    Benteke’s wages and Liverpool saying they want to sell but not budging on pricehas made that one difficult

    But Berhino is someone we should steer clear of. Yes we have had other players like Bolasie, Puncheon etc. who were supposedly difficult but he just comes across as an academy/england youth team starlet with delusions of grandeur. Wouldn’t want a bad attitude to spoil the team spirit.

    The problem we have is that everyone is after the same players as us. It shows our ambition but we need to find some players that are a bit more left field having had all these other set backs.

    My two options would be Milik at Ajax, or, despite what a i previously put about attitudes, Balotelli. I just think him and Pards would be mental together and he could thrive in our system.

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